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state was minority growth. 65% alone latinos, so you would expect these new districts would reflect the minority positions that created the opportunity and they don't cht. >> reporter: democratic groups have already filed lawsuits to block the republicans' plan, which is still waiting for rick perry's approval. they argue because texas is a conservative state, the new district should reflect that. republicans hold a super majority in the state legislature and were able to pass their plan without democratic support and are now planned to battle it out in court. >> everything seem to be leading to the courthouse. no matter what mr. sullivan or i does, it's going to go to the courthouse because the group seems intent on making sure it goes to the courthouse. >> reporter: hold on, it's going to be another bumpy political ride. >> we continue with randi kaye. >> have a great weekend. from the heights of global finance to the pits of rikers
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island, to self-confinement in a rented townhouse, dominique strauss-kahn has had his ups and downs and today is definitely an up day. as you know if you've been watching cnn, he was freed on his own recognizance in a very short hearing that followed a bombshell from new york prosecutors. they told the defense and then the court they now have serious questions about the credibility of strauss-kahn's alleged victim. there's dna evidence that sex of some sort took place, but the defense says it was consentual. the maid's lawyer says it was definitely not. >> the victim on day one has described a violent sexual assault that dominique strauss-kahn committed against her. she has described that sexual
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assault many times to the prosecutors and to me. and she has never once changed a single thing about that account. >> weeks ago when strauss-kahn was first allow ed to leave jai, he was made to put up $1 million cash and post a bond. he had to live under house arrest with armed guards and ankle l bracelets and had to pay for it himself. everything was lifted expect for the foreign travel ban. susan candiotti was in the courtroom. what exactly are these credibility problems when it comes to the alleged victim? >> what an incredible day and what a reversal of fortune one could argue for dominique strauss-kahn to be released on his own recognizance now as the
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alleged victim in this case and her attorney continues to say in fact that she was sexually assaulted by him. here is what the prosecutors are saying in a new filing. they didn't detail much in court, but here's what's they are saying in a document to the judge. they are citing credibility issues that include the following. first, brand new information we have not heard before. they say that after the alleged assault, the maid told them repeatedly she stayed in the hallway, ran into the hallway of the 28th floor outside the suite where strauss-kahn has been staying and that she stayed there in the hallway until he left by an elevator. however, prosecutors state that's not what really happened. they said they later determined she did not immediately, did not stay in that hallway and then report the incident to her
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supervise supervisor after dsk left, but that in fact, that she immediately went on to clean one room and then began to clean the hotel suite where strauss-kahn had been staying and theb then rorlted the ins dent to a supervisor, possibly when that supervisor arrived op the scene. additionally, we heard in this filing and as we've reported since last night, another credibility issue is that the woman lied on her asylum application when she came to the united states from her native guinea, claiming among other things that she had been raped, sexually assaulted, when she later admitted she was not rape ed. she was assaulted previously. her own attorney says that she admitted that untruth herself by saying because she said she was afraid about what might happen. if she said that in her initial application. she said the truth.
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additionally, they're saying, prosecutors, that she lied on her income tax form by claiming a neighbor's child as her own and that she lied about her income so she could live in her present low income housing, but beyond that, prosecutors in their filing simply generally said and there were other untruths, other lies she said about her background and other matters they did not specify. >> all right, susan candiotti for us who was at the hearing. thank you. now, i'd like to play for you some sound from outside court after that hearing from both sides. we'll hear now from the district attorney and also from the alleged victim's lawyer. listen to this. >> today's proceedings did not dismiss the indictment or any of the charges against the defenda defendant. our prosecutors from the manhattan d.a.'s office will continue their investigation into these alleged crimes and will do so until we have
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uncovered all relevant facts. the vindication of the rights of sex crime victims is among the highest priorities of this office. and with regard to the treatment of this victim, we believe we have done nothing but to support her in everything in our pour to maintain her privacy and to keep her safe. and we will continue to do so. >> at each appearance in the last six weeks, we asked you and we asked the world not to rush the judgment in this case and now i think you can understand why. we believed from the beginning that this case was not what it appeared to be and we are absolutely convinced that while today is a first giant step in the right direction, the next step will lead to a complete
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dismissal of the charges. >> jeffrey toobin joins me now on the phone. you have seen it all over the years, but have you ever seen anything like what played out today? >> in a word, no. this is one of the most extraordinary days in the history of big time criminal justice in the united states. the head spinning pace of events and the rapid turn around in the fortunes of the sides in this case. is like nothing i've ever seen before. and it looks like this case is going to end with a dismissal of the case at this point. it's hard to imagine how there could be a trial at this point when the prosecution has essentially described its main witness as a something close to a compulsive liar. >> i want to hear now from the alleged victim's lawyer,
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jeffrey. claiming prosecutors have turned on his client. let's listen to this then i want to ask you about it. >> now, it is a fact that the victim here made some mistakes. but that doesn't mean she's not a rape victim. and so all of this stuff that they leaked to the "new york times" was designed to discredit this woman. and i spoke to her a little while ago. and through her tear, through her hurt, she asked me, why did they do this to ni me? and i said, i don't know why. and now, she is determined. she's not going to remain in hiding anymore. she's going to come before you all and she's going to tell you that dominique strauss-kahn did to her and she's going to tell you what the prosecutors in this office did to her. >> now, the lawyer there seemed to lay out for evidence that has been made public before. how rare was that and he also said that prosecutors were
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afraid to try this case, so what do you make of that? >> well, that's -- i have to say, the prosecution -- excuse me. the -- sorry. the -- the press conference by the attorney for the accused -- accuser was so extraordinary because of the detail and frankly, the persuasiveness of the way he laid out the evidence that as he characterized it, that his clients brought to the district attorney's office where he was essentially saying look, this was a awful physically abusive crime and anything that she said that was false she was the one who brought to the attention of prosecutors and that was no reason to throw out this case. >> can you hang with me for one more question here? you okay? >> yes, i'm sorry, having a bit of an attack. >> one more question. what about the physical evidence
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though in this case that prosecutors made a whole lot of fanfare about? i mean, does it count for nothing? or just not enough? is there just not enough there? >> well, they are essentially saying it's not enough. i mean, what makes this admission by the prosecution so extraordinary is that even with dna evidence, they say the case is not good enough. i'm not sure they're right about that. they are the best judges of their own case, but it is certainly unusual. in these circumstances. where two people are strangers and there is dna evidence to throw at the case. that's very surprising. >> all right. jeffrey, we're going to let you get a glass of water there. no, no, no, we heard you just fine. so thank you. moving on now, the minnesota government was forced to shut down today the second time in six years after lawmakers failed to reach a budget agreement
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before their midnight deadline and residents are already feeling the impact. the minnesota department of transportation has shut down more than 80 highway rest stops and state parks and the zoo are also set to be closed. republicans are accusing governor mark dayton of throwing in the towel too early. dayton, a member of minnesota democratic foreign labor party says he wants to raise taxes on the wealthiest 1.9% as well as cut spending. it is today's sound effect. >> they've known for two months, i said consistently, i will not agree to anything until i agree to everything. we've made a lot of progress in the last couple of days because there was a real deadline. after some to have areas we worked hard on, we made real progress but this one basic difference remains. they don't want to raise revenues on anybody. and i believe the wealthiest can afford to pay more in taxes. >> the federal government will pick up a legal tab for reputed
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monster james whitey bulger. he was escorted off helicopter at logan international airport in boston yesterday then ushered to a van for a court appearance. there, a judge granted prosecutors request to aloe them to focus only on the 19 murder charges. at a separate hearing, it was ruled he was eligible for a public offender. he was arrested last week after 16 years on the run. venezuelan president hugo chavez says doctors in cuba removed a cancerous tumor from his body. he announced the procedure last night. he is still undergoing treatment, but did not specify the treatment, where the tumor is located. chavez says his condition is quote evolving sats factually. the casey anthony trial is back on track after come tog a
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the casey anthony trial is starting back up again. we have a live picture from the courtroom in orlando. should be starting up again really at any minute now. if you're wondering why it's starting so late, it's because the trial came to a grinding halt this morning. the judge was forced to call a recess. with the defense resting its case yesterday, the prosecution was about to call a few witnesses to shore up any damage that the defense team may have done, the skull, the searches
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for r chloroform, the big issues. instead, the scene this morning played out like a sparring match between lawyers. the defense complained the prosecution was ambushing them with their experts who had new opinions the expert wasn't aware of, so the judge called this recess to give the defense time to talk to them. but again, this morning. >> they are real problems and they are imaginary problems. and i hope this is a real problem and not an imaginary problem. >> i want to bring richard herman, a criminal defense attorney, he's been following the trial with us and joins me now from las vegas. hi, richard. give us some perspective if you can. i mean, it was like watching judge perry trying to break up an argument you might see in a schoolyard. i mean, what is the deal here? >> he is obviously so frustrate
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ing because we knew the prosecution was going to be very quick and apparently, baez in learning that some of the defense experts, some of the prosecution experts are going to provide opinions not contained in their reports was forced to bring that to the attention of the judge and there's a rule that if an expert testifies, it must be contained in a written report and baez is proper in making this objection. the judge is saying, look, this bert be real because ashton said you know, jnlg, some of these findings wercontained in the reports issued a year or two ago. the judge is saying, look, i got a jury. they want to go home for the holiday. they're sequestered. you're making them stop and go back to their rooms. i had enough. we're going to be in court saturday, sunday, monday tuesday. no vacation. no down time. this jury is suffering. and we're all suffering. so let's get to it.
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you wanted to pose them baez, you do it right now. friday morning, do it. he did it. they're going to be back in court. >> yes, we hope so any minute now. the crux of this recess revolved around two things. caylee's skull and the computer searches for chloroform. the prosecution's expert will testify to the examination. what about this testimony, do you think it's so surprising that the defense is calling this an ambush? >> there's two issues. one is the competency of the experts to come back on rebuttle. dr. spitz was a forensic pathologist and now, they want to call an anthro poll gist. so the judge has to make that determination first.
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secondly, spitz' finding was due to the brain matter or dust that he spitz found, that proved that the body was moved, so these prosecution experts are going to say whatever findings spitz saw in the brain matter, it was ill relevant and meant nothing, so you cannot deduce -- that's a big point. >> and what about this? the internet searches for the chloroform. we know cindy had testified for the defense she did those searches, but the prosecution is saying not so fast. is this all about timing and whether or not they can say she was really in the house at this time? >> two issues here. one, the police experts are going to testify in reviewing the records and searches done on cindy's computer. she never searched chlorophyll. now, they come in with that testimony, that's going to completely blow up cindy's credibility and i think they're
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going to do that today. and secondly, there are going to be experts to come in from her employment to say that not only was she at work the day she said she was home making these searches, but she was unable to remotely logon to do those searches, so we know she never made those searches. powerful testimony. >> certainly. thank you so much. check back with you later on. we have an unemployment crisis, but it might be worse than you think. we'll tell you why and how it might be able to be solved, next. get the ball, girl. hmmm, you can't do that. but you can do this. bengay pain relief + massage with penetrating nubs plus the powerful pain relief of bengay. love the nubs!
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we know the job market is bad, but how bad is it?
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aly velshi searched for answers and eliot spitzer. >> you've written something where you say when it comes to unemployment, we are worse off than we actually realize. >> yes, because the real unemployment rate is closer to 18% and the reason for that is the average length of unemployment is now 40 weeks. now, the number you referred to, the 9.1% put out by the government, they only count people who have applied for a job in the last four weeks. when you've been out of a job for 40 weeks, you don't apply every four weeks. if you measure by another statistic, they measure people who have applied in the last six months, which makes more sense. the rate is almost 16%, but there's another issue. you referred to the quality of jobs. in each of those months and indeed for the last two and a half years, not a single net
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permanent job has been created. in the last month, they announced there were 54,000 jobs created. we lost 140,000 jobs. in the proceeding months, we lost 290,000 jobs cht the net job creation is all in part time work and the problem with that, you get no health care benefits. the median income is $19,000 a year. that's how serious. >> not earning a lot of money and not getting the benefits which is one of the reasons people thought health care reform might be a good idea. we are fully immersed in a discussion about a debt crisis and the debt limt. there are a number of people, a substantial number of americans who think we have prematurely moved on from the jobs crisis u which is really the place we'll get the economic growth that solves some of these debt problems. >> with your exactly right. i'm one of those people. i think we have to deal with jobs first. that doesn't mean we don't deal with the crisis now, but in a
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way that says we will make the serious cuts that need to be made, but schedule them so they begin in the years 3, 4 and 5. we need to get the economy booming again. growth is the only way to deal with the crisis. jobs is the key not only to the quality of life. it may be worse because there are other numbers you can enter in. over the last 20 year, net job creation has only come in government and health care. not in what mike spence, who wrote a braille i can't article, about the tradeable sector, manufacturing, high-tech, no job creation there at all. that's where we need to focus, but in terms of the debt crisis, yes, we have to deal with it now, but that doesn't mean cutting the budget. it means cutting it after the jobs have come back. >> and for more on this and the latest financial news, you can watch "your $$$$$" sundays at 3:00 and join christine romans for "your bottom line" each
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saturday morning. first, the nfl season was in jeopardy and now, the full nba season is on the brink. we'll talk about the likelihood of having any major professional sports in the fall at all after the break. now no one will want to steal the deliciousness. with a variety of tastes and textures, only chex mix is a bag of interesting.
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texas, so what is management asking their workers for? initially, hard salary cap to drag down player's salaries. all contracts to be nonguaranteed and for everyone to take a pay cut. len berman is a sports legend. great to have you. this seems like a fight about money. is that all it is? >> always is, that's what's going on in football right now. the nba owners want you to believe the players make 57% of the pie and that 22 of the 30 teams are losing money. of course, the same own rs won't allow anybody to look at their books, so we don't really know. >> the nba claims that 22 of its 30 teams have lost money, but -- shows how teams cook the book to show losses. do you think that two-thirds of the nba is really losing money?
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>> i don't think so. i think the league had a wonderful year. again, i don't see the books, but their ratings were great. there was a lot of interest because the people wanted to tune in as the anti lebron james fans. the ratings were terrific. the league is very strong. that's the problem in football as well. it has never been more popular and yet millionaires fight with billionaires, at least the fans caught in the middle and right now, it's a little different because there are no games being played. but the people i feel for are the employees of the teams. they're traditionally very lowly paid employees. they're caught in the squeeze and some teams will lay off these employees. i don't want to hear about it. >> we'll try and do that after this interview though. the nfl has extensive revenue sharing and with that though,
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the last three cities to win the super bowl, green bay, indianapolis and pittsburgh. do you think revenue style sharing could be the key? >> well, that's probably the model for all sports. baseball resisted as well. will we ever see a pittsburgh pirate world championship again? that's a real major issue. the sharing of revenues and yes, a team like green bay can win a world championship. that's the key. so yes, the players make a lot of money, but the owners have to learn how to get along and share their money and make it a level playing feel and as you know in baseball, they're not willing to do it and i'm sure they're not in basketball either. >> how great do i think the chance is, that we could not have an nba season? >> again, it's a lock down. fans confuse it and say why are the players on strike. it's not. the other thanes have locked them out. the ball is in the owner's
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court. they already dropped one of their hard and fast demands. that salary cap issue is important without getting too detailed, the nba has a soft cap, which means teams can spend above the cap to retain their own stars. this is a great question. it all depends how firmly they dig their heels in the stand. >> you're allowed to turn off your television now and not anymore attention to the lockout until it gets fixed. i'll give you a call. thank you. eagles quarterback michael vick takes a big step towards rectifying his public image today, after this. target and help repair damage in just 3 washes. for softer, stronger... ... hair with life. [ female announcer ] nourish plus. only from aveeno.
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former director on his own recognizance and freed him from house arrest based on serious credibility issues with his accuser. the court did not dismiss the indictment or any of the charges and authorities will continue to with hold his passport for the time being. in boston, aryanment is set for july 6th for james whitey bulger. prosecutors went an early round to the case yesterday. the judge agreed to a lesser indictment from 1994 to focus on his 19 murder charges. the defense attorney accused several prosecutors of trying to gain system to allow a different judge in the case. the court appointed a public defender to respect bulger who said he could not afford to hire a lawyer even though agents found $800,000 in his apartment when he was arrested. the casey anthony murder trial back on track after a halt today just as the case seemed to
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be in the final stretch, the judge unexpectedly called an indefinite recess. the defense claimed they didn't know what the state's experts were going to say so the judge gave time to talk to them. they're expected to focus around the skull and computer searches. leon panetta was sworn in today. he replaces robert gates. he was confirmed by the senate last week in a rare vote in a speech at the pentagon today, he pledged to persist in the defeat of al-qaeda. other priorities include -- and beginning the process of winding down the war in afghanistan. philadelphia eagles quarterback michael vick is once again sponsored by nike. a nike representative confirmed the company has resigned the quarterback to an endorsement deal. it says it does not condone his past mistakes, but supports the
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positive changes he's made to better himself off the field. nike severed ties with vick in 2007. a growing population is giving texas more seats in congress and the political fight over drawing the new district lines is in high gear. we'll take you to the front lines, next.
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texas sized political battle
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is swinging into high gear in the lone star state. republicans and democrats are at odds over a redistricting map that sets the boundaries for four new seats. the fight is bound for court. >> reporter: whn ever a redistricting showdown looms in texas, political pundits can't help but think there's got to be a better way, but each suggestion ends in a punch line -- >> maybe we ought to take the process of redrawing the maps out of the hands of politicses and put them in the hands of techno -- >> we ought to take the calories out of fried chicken, too. >> reporter: the last redistricting battle ended with democrats fleeing the state to block the republicans' plan. 51 lawmakers secretly escaped to ardmore, oklahoma and spent days hanging around the pool of a
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holiday inn hotel trying to kill the bill. it brings out the worst in politics. >> the long hours, a time when people who previously been friends can become enemies and a time when if revenge can be gotten by those in power, it will be. >> reporter: so welcome to the latest round of texas redistricting. it's more intense this time around because of the state's population growth. texas will get four new seats, but democrats say at least two of the districts should be drawn from minority candidates. >> 90% of growth was minority growth. 65% alone latino, so you would expect these new districts would reflect the minority population that created the opportunity and unfortunately, they don't. >> reporter: democratic groups have already filed lawsuits to block the plan, which is still waiting for governor perry's approval. republicans argue that because texas is a conservative state,
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the new district should reflect that. republicans hold a super majority in the state legislature and were able to pass their plan without democratic support and now, they're prepared to battle it out in court. >> everything in context with this map seems to be leading to the courthouse. no matter what mr. sullivan or i or the legislature does, it's going to go to the courthouse because the group seems intent. >> reporter: hold on, it's going to be another bumpy ride. >> and ed lavandera is live and joins us now. how do you see this playing out? >> reporter: well, it's going take months to figure out. the courts involved, a three-judge panel will take a look at the different maps that have been proposed and then the lawyers for both sides will have to fight it out and those panels will have to determine who's correct and see how this state gets parcelled up on the congressional level. >> and how significant is it compared to other states that
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texas is getting four new seats? is that a big deal? >> a huge deal. the political columnist in the piece, we haven't seen this, after the civil war, the state of texas gaining this many seats because of one census count. four seats cht only eight other states in the country are gaining congressional seats and the close e is florida. texas by and large really leading the charge in terms of population growth and how much more influence they'll be getting in congress. >> happy friday. thank you much for coming on. a new and potentially key turn in the war in libya. the rebels say they're in direct talks with france about supplying them with much needed weapons. a live report from the battlefield coming your way, next. what's this option? that's new.
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the french to have this sort of this air drop that france did to the rebels in the western part of this country several days ago. we have yet to hear from the french on whether they're willing to do that. misrata needs the weapons. this town is surrounded on three sides by gadhafi's forces. we're hearing thuds where we assume the rebels are coming under attack. at the same time, this town is frequently hit by other missiles that gadhafi's forces fire into the city, oftentimes usinging little metal bombs that are intended to hurt anyone in the media. they're basically antipersonnel weapons so certainly even though the forces of gadhafi have been somewhat pushed away from the center of the city, is city is
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still very much under siege and desperate for weapons, particularly heavy weapons that would allow them to better defend the city. >> if this whole report is true, what kind of reaction do you think we might expect from the u.n. and nato on this? >> reporter: well, certainly many countries have expressed objections to the french initiative because it is in a sense outside the bounds of u.n. security council resolution 1973 which calls for you know, protection of civilians and an air embargo and a no fly zone over libya. it certainly does not allow for the provision of weapons to either of the sides in this conflict, so there could be some opposition already. we've heard for instance from the african union, which has objected. >> and one last question. gadhafi's daughter speaking out on the civil war. i want to play a part about the
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defand for her father to step down and get a quick reaction. >> this word of departure, what i find strange is where would you like him to go? this is his country, his land, his people. where would he go? there is one thing you don't understand and that you will never understand is that my father is a symbol, a guide. >> what do you make of that, ben? >> reporter: well, it's not surprising to hear that from the daughter of gadhafi and certainly it does reflect the opinion of his family and the hard core within tripoli, but in this part of the country, in s misrata, in eastern cities like bengha benghazi, there's no love lost for gadhafi. this is an opinion that most people in this part of the country will not pay much attention to, not give much
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value to. just to remind you, i am hearing more bombardment on the edges of misrata, so people really focused not on what gadhafi's daughter is saying, but what's going on here on the ground in misrata. >> ben, be safe. thank you. time right now, about 48 minutes past the hour. let's check our top syria today were killed during a protest. three of the dead were in the western city and three others on the outskirts of the capital. hillary clinton condemned the attack saying time was running out for their president to start meaningful talks with opposition leaders. china's pulling out all the stops and celebrating the 90th anniversa anniversary. hue jintao says corruption could cost the party the support of the people. he pointed to what he called the
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incompetence of some party members who have caused problems for the country. in monaco, a royal wedding. prince albert tied the knot with his south african fiancee. they married at a civil ceremony at the courthouse. albert is a former olympic bop shredder and his bride, a former olympic swimmer. and take a look at this amazing little guy. these are live pictures of that little pup there. carter. that's carter the dog. couldn't walk because of a birth deif he can, but now, he has prosthetic paws. they let him run, jump and even swim. we're going to introduce you to carter and share his story right after the break, so don't go anywhere. oh common. and how can you talk to me about fiber while you are eating a candy bar? you enjoy that. i am. [ male announcer ] fiber beyond recognition. fiber one.
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every day on this show we do a segment called "the big "i"" it's about innovations and solutions to topics. this one caught our eye and touched our hearts. it's these prosthetic legs created for dogs with defects or dogs that lost their paws because of an accident, it lets them run, jump, swim, and cause all the otheró=, any other pup. the creator of orthopets joins me now with carter. carter's a pit bull. thank you for joining us. carter looks exhausted, i hope he makes it through the
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interview. listen, what happened to carter? and how long has he had these prosthetic legs? >> carter was born with disformed back legs, and he's had the devices now for a few months and he's learning to walk like a normal four-legged dog. >> how does it work? does it work the same way prosthetics might work for the rest of us? >> yeah. the technology is the same as devices, prosthetics, orthotics for humans, but from a veterinarian perspective. taking the technologies that we already know from the human world and applying it to these animals that are biomechanically so different. they're born with four legs. it's a different concept for us in the human field to think about. and they function the same. it's really letting the body work normally. >> can you show us or maybe even get carter to stand up for us a little bit without him leaving the lens there and walking out of frame? but while you show us those,
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maybe you could tell us, you know, how long did it take him to adjust to something like this? >> well, carter's a good example of those usual four-legged athletes that we have. a couple weeks and carter had figured out how he could actually be a normal four-legged dog. usually our patients will take a month, a week to two weeks to learn how to function normally again, and in carter's case he's never let the birth defects slow him down. he's picked it right up and actually able to stand and just be a normal dog. >> yeah, i can tell. they don't seem to bother him certainly the way that his tail is wagging there. does he get it, though, do you think, martin, that something is different about him? >> yeah, it's the confidence we see in all the patients, prosthetics and orthotics, you know your dog and you know when they are feeling happy and confident, they feel like they can trust their legs again. with carter being able to see
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and run around the park and engage with other dogs without feeling guarded like an injured dog would do, that's how carter was before we got involved and helped him out with his back legs. now he's just a normal guy. >> for the cat owners, we don't want to slight them. can you do it for other animals, can you do it for a cat or anybody else? >> because we use the same technology of human prosthetics and orthotics but with the veterinarian twist, we don't really care what kind of species we work on, cats, dogs, it doesn't really matter what they are. the mechanics are unique to animals and that's what we do, llamas, monkeys, it just doesn't matter. >> i love it, we were showing a picture of a cat wearing one of these. it looks like a little boot for the cat. >> yes. >> before we let you go, are they affordable? can anyone get them for their pets? >> yes. in comparison to the cost in the human world, very affordable, $600 to $800 is a usual product
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for us with braces, prosthetics are usually around $1,000 for the entire process we take you through to get your pet back to normal. >> martin, i think what you're doing is great, as a pet lover myself, i love to see you helping them out, so give carter a big pat on the head and a treat from us here at cnn. >> we certainly will. thank you for having us. >> thank you for being here. you can check out my facebook page and don't forget to tune in monday, same "the big 'i'" time and channel. you never know what we're going to have. it's all about the money. hot news from the cnn political ticker right after the break. ♪ my only sunshine ♪ you makes me happy ♪ when skies are grey ♪ you'll never know, dear ♪ how much i love you ♪ please don't take my sunshine away ♪
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time now for a cnn political update, cnn's joe johns joins me from the political desk in washington. hi, joe, has it quieted down a little since the latest campaign fund-raising deadline. it seems like there was a lot of begging going on, shall we say? >> that's for sure. the latest political fund-raising deadline is history, and it's now time for candidates to get their spin on, so, no, it hasn't really quieted down. mitt romney is one of the guys to watch. he's leading the national polls. aides show he'll show $15 million to $20 million for the quarter. and speaking of spin another guy to watch is former utah governor jon huntsman, he may be one of the people that the democrats are most worried about, he pulled in $1.4 million since
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getting into the race not long ago at all. he's personally wealthy, though, at first he claimed he wasn't going to self-finance the race. now we're being told a little less than half of the $4 million came out of his own pocket. seed money they say. the campaigns have until july 15th to actually report those totals to the federal election commission, randi. >> and, joe, if you would, tell us about this guy carter, he now says he's running for president. >> yeah, well, look, this guy thad mccotter is someone we know from washington, d.c.? he's a congressman, he's from the state of michigan, and you may not know his name, but he's had five terms on the hill, so he's known pretty well. he plays the guitar, likes to quote the lyrics of rock 'n' roll bands, is supposed to make an official announcement at the fourth of july festival in his hometown over the weekend, and, yes, randi, he's considered a long shot so far. >> he should take his guitar on
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the road and see what kind of votes he can drum up. joe, thank you so much. >> you bet. your next report from the best political team on television is just an hour away. dominique strauss-khan is almost a free man today. freed on his own recognizance after a bombshell from new york prosecutors. in a ten-minute hearing they told the court they had serious questions about the credibility of the hotel maid who tess strauss-kahn sexually assaulted her a month ago. they think she lied about this case and others including her asylum application from her native guinea. there's dna evidence that sex took place between the maid and the former head of the international monetary fund, but khan said it was consensual, the maid's lawyer says it most certainly was not. >> he then grabbed her vagina with so much force that he hurt her. he grabbed her vagina with so
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much force that he bruised her vagina. when she went to the hospital later that day, the nurses who examined her saw the bruises on her vagina that were caused by dominique strauss' hand, and they took pictures of the bruises on her vagina, and the district attorney has those pictures. >> weeks ago when strauss-kahn was first allowed to leave jail, he was made to put up $1 million cash and post a $5 million bond. he had do give up his passport and live under house arrest with armed guards and an ankle bracelet somewhere in manhattan and he had to pay for it all himself. well, today, all of those terms have been lifted except for the foreign travel ban. the government's holding on to strauss-kahn's passport. i want to bring in paul cowan, he's a veteran of the brooklyn da.'s office and now a highly sought-after litigator. i don't know where to begin with this case, but it doesn't look like it's over yet, does it?
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>> well, it's not over yet, but, boy, it looks like we're getting close. i mean, when a prosecutor comes in on basically a he-said, she-said rape case and says i've got problems with my own witness' credibility and you have to release the defendant from jail, that's a momentous occasion and it looks really bad for the prosecution. it looks really bad for the future of this case and its viability in terms of a prosecutable case. >> what about the physical evidence and also what about the dna evidence that supposedly the prosecutors had? does that count for nothing now? >> well, it's interesting. that's a great question, and, you know, we heard her personal attorney ken thompson make a very passionate plea to district attorney cyrus vance who pressed forward with the case, saying that there's substantial evidence supporting the client's claims. i think you're going to hear the defense, though, say, this is a case of consensual sex and how
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do we know that the bruising of her genitalia was caused during the encounter with strauss-kahn, her ripped stockings, they might have been ripped when she came to work. of course, there would be semen and dna in the room. strauss-kahn admits he had sex with her. each of the points raised by the defense attorney can be dealt with by the defense. i think it doesn't necessarily mean that the case is a strong case. it's got a lot of problems, this case, and i would be surprised, frankly, if the defense, you know, is unsuccessful in convincing the prosecution to walk away. >> i want to hear briefly now from the d.a., cyrus vance, and from strauss-kahn's lawyer, ben brafman, and then i have some more questions for you. >> prosecutors our duty is to do what is right in every case without fear or favor, wherever that leads. the disclosures we made that led
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to today's proceedings reflect that principle. in this case, as with every c e case, our office's commitment is to the truth and the facts, and that will govern how we proceed. thank you very much. >> appearance in the last six weeks, we asked you and we asked the world, not to rush to judgment in this case. and now i think you can understand why. we believed from the beginning that this case was not what it appeared to be, and we are absolutely convinced that while today is a first giant step in the right direction, the next step will lead to a complete dismissal of the charges. >> so, paul, you heard it there. i mean, did prosecutors mess up, or is this just some bad luck for them and some really good
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luck for dominique strauss-khan? >> well, it's sort of a perfect storm for the prosecutors. normally in a case like this, where you have a hotel maid saying one thing and you have a rich and powerful elected official saying something else, you would carefully investigate the case to decide who you're going to believe. in this case, because strauss-kahn was about to board a plane and fly back to europe and wind up eventually in france, a country that does not extradite to the united states, prosecutors really were forced to make a decision quickly. some might say they jumped the gun and they made an arrest immediately. they, then, went into court and asked for extraordinarily high bail, $6 million and a home confinement situation that supposedly cost strauss-kahn $250,000 a day. so, prosecutors were in deep but committed to the case before they really8risç had a chances t the complaining witness very carefully, and now, of course, they're confronted with some very unpleasant facts. apparently she had conversations with a drug dealer about whether
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she should go after strauss-kahn. there are claims that she had $100,000 in drug money in a bank account and that she made a false complaint of rape in the past. all of these things are very, very damaging to the prosecutor's case. now, could they be overcome? could the prosecutor still win the case? it's always possible. anything's possible. but when you see holes like this in a case, in a case where really it's two people in a room and who do you believe, prosecutors have a real problem here. >> it certainly sounds that way. paul cowan, appreciate your insight on this case. thank you so much. the minnesota government was forced to shut down today. the second time in six years after lawmakers failed to reach a budget agreement before their midnight deadline. and residents, well, they're already feeling the impact on this fourth of july weekend. the minnesota department of transportation has shut down more than 80 highway rest stops and state parks and a zoo are set to be closed. republicans are accusing
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governor mark dayton of throwing in the towel too early. dayton from the minnesota democratic labor party says he wants to raise taxes on the wealthiest minnesotans as well as cut spending. it's today's "sound effect." >> they've known for two months, i've said consistently, i will not agree to anything until i agree to everything. we've made a lot of progress in the last couple of days because there was a real deadline. and some of the areas that we worked hard on, we made very real progress.ud but this one basic difference remains. they don't want to raise revenues on anybody, and i believe the wealthiest minnesotans can afford to pay more in taxes. in other news, an accused airplane stow-away was due in federal court today. the nigerian-american man was arrested wednesday at los angeles international airport. he tried to board a flight after passing through security with an expired ticket. he's accused of using outdated
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boarding passes in other people's names to take several flights. the u.s. defense department has a new boss, leon panetta, as the nation's 23rd defense secretary. he replaces robert gates who retired yesterday. panetta previously served as cia director. he won confirmation by the senate last week in a rare 100-0 vote. his replacement at the cia will be general david petraeus, the current commander of u.s. forces in afghanistan. the federal government will pick up the legal tab for reputed mobster james "whitey" bulger, he was escorted off a helicopter at logan international airport in boston yesterday. then ushered to a van for his court appearance. there a judge granted prosecutors' request to allow them to focus only on the 19 murder charges against bulger. at a separate hearing the court ruled that bulger is eligible for a public defender. he was arrested in california last week after 16 years on the run. his arraignment set for july 6th. we want to show you some live pictures now of the casey anthony murder trial in orlando.
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the casey anthony murder trial just getting back on track, but just this morning the trial was in recess indefinitely, the judge said. luckily indefinitely turned out to be just a few hours. these are live pictures inside the courtroom. right now in orlando. the trial started back up about an hour ago. so, what was all the fuss about earlier today? well, it boiffls down to caylee
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skull and the computer searcheses at the fsearches at the family's home. the defense said they weren't sure what the prosecutor's experts would say. the judge called an indefinite recess to essentially give the defense team some time to talk to the state's experts. i want to go straight to richard herman who is a criminal defense attorney joining us from las vegas. let's talk about what happened this morning. it was like watching judge perry trying to settle an argument in the schoolyard, you know, i mean just listen to what he told the defense here -- >> they are real problems and there are imaginary problems. and i hope this is a real problem and not an imaginary problem. >> a stern warning there from the judge. what's going on, just briefly
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here? >> well, briefly, what baez commented on was that he did not know from the expert reports what these experts were actually going to testify to, because they were now coming in rebuttal. and whatever they were going to say was not contained in their reports. that's the rule. any expert must testify to what's in their report, so the judge says, okay, time-out. do your depositions of all the experts this morning. come back in, and we're going to start this trial. listen, randi, can you imagine the tension and pressure in that courtroom as we're winding down? sñ the judge is feeling it. sñ >> oh, yeah. >> so, he's a bit anxious, yeah. >> so, let's step back and look at the big picture here. this is it, as you said, we're in the final stretch. the prosecution is talking to cindy anthony's former employer to prove she was at work and not at home doing the searches for chloroform. i assume it's important to prove
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because if casey's mom wasn't doing them, it was more likelihood that casey was doing them? >> that's an essential component to the premeditation that casey searched in advance and prepared to kill her daughter. that's where that's going from. cindy was a star prosecution witness early on in this trial, so it's a dicey road to now impeach her credibility by this. you know, the jury's going to know it's her daughter and i guess she's just trying to do whatever she can to help her daughter. it's not going to be enough, randi. the prosecution put on a very powerful circumstantial case. >> yeah. >> you know? they brought up -- they brought up casey's insane behavior those 30 days after the child went missing. people can't even accept that. they can't understand that. and if it really was an accident, how you do not come forward and tell the police? you'd rather face the death penalty than tell the police it was an accidental drowning and probably wouldn't even be
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prosecuted? there's the hairband in her car, the smell of chloroform in her car, there's composition in her car. it's a pretty powerful circumstantial case. >> the defense, though, instead of poking holes in the prosecution's case, they went about coming up with their own theory, that it was an accident and that caylee drown in the pool and casey's father covered it up. was there one shred of evidence that they put forward to actually prove that theory? >> i'll tell you, you know, baez is such an amateur attorney, that he's going to learn the hard way that when you stand up in an opening and you promise things to a jury and you fail to deliver, that jury does not like you. you are not credible to that jury. and they don't believe you, and they take it out on your client. big problem for the defense. what he did prove was, though, that caylee was able to climb those stairs into the pool.(3r; she liked the pool. and that's it. they didn't prove any child abuse. they didn't prove george was involved in anything.
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so, you know, baez fell flat on everything that he claimed he was going to outline in his opening. and we'll see how severe this jury takes it out on casey for that. >> yes. when this finally does go to the jury, which hopefully will be very shortly here. all right, richard herman, thank you so much. >> yes. >> have a gtyqu weekend. well, imagine this scenario. you are a girl barely out of high school, and your job is recovering and processing the bodies of americans killed in combat in iraq. that was the daily routine for a former marine who has now written a book about her experience, and she will join us right after this break. it fits you so perfectly... it fits you. you wake up and you're revived and rejuvenated. it's just like wow! tempur-pedic the most highly recommended bed in america. tempur-pedic is rated #1 in comfort. sleep satisfaction. and back support. it fits the curvature of your body but you don't sink in and it is firm.
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in war it's a job no one really wants to do, but one that must be done.
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it's the job of recovering and processing the bodies of troops killed in combat. that was the job of jessica goodle as a young marine in iraq in 2004. she's written about her experience in her book "shaded black death in iraq." she's out of the marines and preparing to start graduate school at the university of buffalo this fall. she joins us from jamestown, new york. jess, before we get to the interview, i want to caution the viewers that our conversation that you and i are about to have could be a bit graphic in nature. i'm glad to have you on the show and talk about this. i want to ask you first how did you come up with the title of your book "shaded black"? it has some meaning there. >> there are a couple of reasons. i guess the first reason is a very literal reason. one of the diagrams that we had when we would process the remains was an outline of a human body. and because of the nature of the
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way that people were dying in iraq, often the remains did not come in as a whole body. and so there may be pieces missing such as a hand or a leg. and on the diagram we were instructed to shade in black the areas that were missing. another reason that it was called "shade in black" was because once people go to war and they come back to civilian life, various areas of their lives are shaded black. >> so, help me understand how this -- how this works. i mean, was your typical day you would be called out, what, after an ied and you'd have to process a scene? or did these come to you on the base? how did this work? >> both scenarios were the case. often it was that our platoon
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was in our bunker and another platoon might bring in the marines of their own fallen soldiers into our bunker for us to process. other times it was the case where we would get a call into our bunker saying that there were marines down. and we would get into a convoy and drive out to the scene, collect the remains, and then bring the remains back to our bunker to process them. >> and i would imagine, as terrible as some of those scenes must have been, that you probably had to actually sort some of these remains and see what belonged to who, correct? >> yes. when we would get remains, sometimes there would be several marines that had died at one time as a result of an explos n explosion, and so once we had
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the remains at our bunker, we would do our best to sort the marines and put each marine in their respective body. >> why was this so important, do you think, for the families? >> i think it was important to the families to have every bit of their loved one that they could get back. you know, that's really important to the families so that they can have closure and so that they still feel like they're connected to their loved one by having all of their loved one with them. >> i'm sure you saw just some terrible things there in the field. i know that you've mentioned that you've experienced ptsd. is that still the case for you? how are you doing after having a job like this? >> it's very difficult to come back to civilian life after
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participating in that job in particular. when i finally was able to make my way into a va and see a counselor, i was diagnosed with posttramatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, major depression and substance abuse. it's been very difficult. i feel, though, that now i am on a healing path now. >> well, jess, we certainly appreciate you coming on. your book is really something that everybody should read, "shade it black." and we congratulate you on being so brave in serving your country in such a difficult way. so, thank you so much. >> thank you very having me. all right. let's check the hour's top stories. the disgraced former head of the international monetary fund is free on his own recognizance following a bombshell from new york prosecutors.
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they told the defense and then the court they now have serious questions about the credibility of the new york hotel maid who says dominique strauss-khan sexually assaulted her. the woman's lawyer still insists his client was raped and physically abused. the minnesota government was forced to shut down today after lawmakers failed to reach a budget agreement before their midnight deadline. and residents are already feeling the impact on this fourth of july weekend. state transportation department has shut down more than 80 highway rest stops and state parks and the zoo are also set to close. venezuelan president hugo chavez says doctors in cuba removed a cancerous tumor from his body. chavez announced a procedure in a speech broadcast last night on state-run venezuelan television. he said he's still undergoing treatment in cuba, but he did not specify exactly what kind of treatment. as school gets out for the summer, the number of young people with jobs is historically low. cnn hero diane latiker knows
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this lack of work means trouble in her rough chicago neighborhood, so she's doing something about it. in the last eight years she's helped more than 1,500 kids by opening her door and inviting them in. take a look at this week's cnn hero. >> guns, guns, and more guns. these are our young people. they still represent something. we're losing a generation to violence. >> come out and they shot at. >> people run in the house and close their doors. they don't even talk about it. but there's some people who are not scared to go outside, and i'm one of them. my name is diane latiser. we opened the community center called kids off the block. we're known as kob. they're kids from gangs, they're homeless, some of them on drugs, so they got a lot of issues going on. who signed up? i tell kids this is a peace place. this is a safe place. >> i really want to be a veterinarian. >> we have leadership workshops,
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business preparation, music. ♪ it's a range of things that goes on in here. we started out with ten young people, and the next thing i knew i had 15, then i had 25, at one point i had 75 young people in three rooms of my house, and that's how kids off the block started, in my living room. we opened the doors to the new kob center in july. last two weeks served 301 young people, but they knock on that door, they can come in. >> i was 12 when i got in there. diane, she changed my life. i love her for that. >> no different from nobody else. i just opened up my door. why can't we all come outside and see what's going on in our neighborhood? >> there are people here who care, and i'm one of them. >> last year diane's center helped more than 300 kids stay off the streets and out of trouble. and, remember, every one of this year's cnn heroes are chosen from people you tell us about, so nominate someone who you know
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it is almost the fourth of july. severe weather expert chad myers joins us now for a look at the fourth's weather forecast, but, first, what, hail in chicago? >> chicago had fourth of july last night. >> they sure did. >> thunder, lightning, hail, even hitting what used to be called the sears tower. here's the video of what the hail looked like coming down at the time, pounding cars. it takes hail the size of a nickel to put a dent in your car, and if you do see some small dents in the car when you see it in the sunshine, leave it in the sunshine and a lot of the little dings will come out. being an expert from living back in oklahoma, it actually works. it works better in dark cars, dark cars get hotter in the sunshine. look at the size. that's nearly a golf ball, if not better than that, and that was coming down all across
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chicagoland. and there's still weather east of chicago, that's about south haven through grand haven all the way down to the northern sections of indiana. that will be the same weather that will be for most of the night tonight and we're not going to see any chains. so, let's get into tomorrow. everybody wants to be outside, do something, so maybe someo picnicking. it's kind of odd that fourth of july falls on a monday, but it kind of gives everyone a long weekend. look at this, phoenix, 115 degrees tomorrow, and it will be hot all over the valley of the sun. it will be hot in chicago as well, all the way through st. louis, but a cold front will come down and push some of that cool air into your forecast by i would call it monday midday. so, here we go, for independence day, we'll get to a bunch of cities here, seattle will be sunny and 70. beautiful day there. as we go into the rest of the middle part of the country, you're going to see -- you're going to see the temperatures stay hot across parts of salt lake city, going to stay hot in kansas city. going to stay hot in dallas, and this graphic refuses to move. so, hey, that's okay. let's get to "off the radar."
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plus you've probably been going around finding out what's trending today. what's trending? this calendar, july. do you know july of this year, 2011, has five fridays, five saturdays, and five sundays? well, it's going around on the internet that that's the first time it happened in 823 years. wrong. "myth busters" right here. wrong. happens every seven years. don't believe it. it's called the money bag month, because you get paid three times, if you get paid on fridays. but don't believe it only happens every 800 years, randi? >> i won't believe it. i'm not believing it. >> good. >> thank you, "myth buster." eagles quarterback michael vick takes a big step toward rectifying his public image.
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35 minutes past the hour, let's check out some of the headlines and other news you may have missed. stunning developments in the sexual assault case against dominique strauss-khan. a judge has released the former international monetary fund director on his own recognizance and freed him from house arrest in new york based on serious credibility issues with his accuser that threatened the entire case. the court did not dismiss the indictment or any of the charges and authorities will continue to withhold his passport for the time being. the minnesota government virtually shut down today after lawmakers failed to reach a budget agreement before their midnight deadline. and people are already feeling the impact on this fourth of july weekend. the minnesota department of transportation has shut down more than 80 highway rest stops and state parks and the zoo, well, they're also closing.
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republicans are accusing governor mark dayton of throwing in the towel too early. philadelphia eagles quarterback michael vick is once again sponsored by nike. a nike representative confirming the that the company has re-signed the controversial quarterback to an endorsement deal. nike says it does not condone vick's past mistakes, but supports the positive changes he's made to better himself off the field. nike severed ties with vick in 2007 over his involvement in a dogfighting ring. ♪ celebrating 90 years of communism in the world's most populous country, sights and sounds and warning from china's president, next.
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president hugo chavez of venezuela has been in cuba for weeks with speculations swirling over his health. he broke the news on state television last night stunning the nation with the announcement that he's been battling cancer. we'll talk about it now with john vause. good to see you. >> nice to be here. >> i'm glad you're here. so, this is a big surprise announcement. >> yeah. >> it's been very secretive as to why he wasn't around. >> it was a mysterious trip to cuba. no one was really sure. they knew he wasn't well. there'd been a lot of speculation around the region that he'd gone there for actual cancer treatment. of course, the mystery was solved last night by this brief appearance. he was on air maybe ten minutes or so. keep in mind this is the guy that does eight-hourlong fiery speeches. this is not the regular hugo chavez. he looked a little thinner, at times his voice cracked, and what we did not find out from this address, we did not find out his prognosis, we did not find out how long he'll be in
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havana receiving treatment for. we did not find out what kind of cancer it is. there's a lot of speculation that it might be prostate cancer and at 56 years of age, his prognosis might be really good. there are other bigger issues here, because under venezuela's constitution, the president can have a 90-day absence and then the vice president steps in, after that if he dies or steps down, the vice president is meant to take over. all the socialist ministers have rallied around, they circled the wagons around chavez and said we'll support him, but the opposition really want to push ahead with the elections they're planning because what they want now is they seriously want to beat chavez in a democratic process, because that gives them legitimacy, because there's a lot of problems back home as well, runaway inflation which was a problem before he got sick. there's electricity blackouts, a riot in a prison where 26 people died. the opposition now really sees this as a chance where they can legitimately beat hugo chavez, but because of his health, it's all kind of up in the air. >> until he came out yesterday
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saying he had a cancerous growth removed, there was some speculation from what i recall that maybe he had just left the country to sort of get away from all the problems and create a distraction. >> the other speculatiospeculat that he was dead, at least he put that to rest. >> that is true. let's talk about china. >> love china. >> shall we? i know you spent many years there. the communist party turning 90. >> it was 90 years ago in a shanghai schoolroom where they all met and they had their first communist party meeting. interesting thing mao tse-tung who became the big chairman had a small role in that meeting. if you go to where the classroom is now, it's in a museum, it's in a upscale trendy part of shanghai and the french concession designed by an american, tourist trap area, very expensive part of shanghai, but what is interesting and what a lot of people don't really understand about the communist party in china is the that the party trumps everything. the army pledges its loyalty to the communist party. they don't pledge loyalty to the
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country. >> and they're celebrating with an epic film, they're encouraging, it's topening in 6,000 theaters. it's a big hit. >> this is coming from the central municipality of about 30 million people, the local party secretary there is quite ambitious and they've started the nationalistic revivals if you like, and they're actually even sending cadres back out to the farm for a month which is very mao-like, during the '70s you had to go work on a farm for a time. this is all about essentially trying to recapture the spirit of nationalism. there's a huge pron problem in with corruption, and hu jintao alluded to that in a 90-minute-long speech. he said corruption is one thing that can cost us power. it's costing us support. it's costing us the trust of the people. there was a study done by the central bank that said over the last 15 years or so corrupt local state employees have stolen about $120 billion. that's a lot of money.
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the other problem you have, too, is that the communist party controls everything.k(q the head of the bank of china, the head of air china, the head of china telecom, which is basically american airlines, at&t, you know, they're all members of the communist party. you can't get anywhere unless you're a member of the communist party, and there's no mechanism for investigation if someone is corrupt. >> another celebration, we have 20 seconds or so. the other is happening in canada. big celebration for canada. >> o canada, william and kate are there. it was a big day. a 21-gun salute. i think we have pictures, what i thought was interesting and what a lot of the press are talking about, what kate was wearing, the maple leaf thing on her head, which is a hat, the dress is apparently the same dress she wore for her engagement photo, and the brooch she borrowed from queen elizabeth, this is all about kate being very frugal in these very difficult times. >> i love that she would wear
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something twice. oh, my. >> unlike dianea that sever wore anything twice. she said i'm not a clotheshorse, i'm am not going to only wear things once. >> i can hear the internet orders being taken for the hat with the maple whatever on it. >> the maple thing. >> john vause, thank you so much. good to see you. planning on going to the beach this summer? so, what do you think, how many u.s. beach closings and advisories were there in 2010? less than 10,000? 10,000 to 20,000, 20,000 to 30,000, more than 40,000? we'll have the answer in two minutes. of at&t and t-mobile would deliver our next generation mobile broadband experience to 55 million more americans, many in small towns and rural communities, giving them a new choice. we'll deliver better service, with thousands of new cell sites... for greater access to all the things you want, whenever you want them. it's the at&t network...
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fourth of july weekend? we've got some good news and bad news. the good news? we can tell where to go, florida international university's laboratory for coastal research has released its list of the top ten beaches in the country. according to the report, the top beach is siesta beach, followed by coronado beach in san diego. it's not all west coast beaches, new york, massachusetts, and north carolina all made the list. but, all right, now it's time for the bad news. according to a new report from the natural resources defense council, well, there were 24,091 days of beach closings and advisories, a 29% increase from 2009 of 5,409 days and the second highest level sings the nrdc began tracking the events. one of the main causes was the oil washing up on the beaches due to the gulf of mexico oil spill, but according to the report more than two-thirds of the days were issued because of
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high bacterial levels. 52% of closings were attributed to unknown sources of pollution. 36% to polluted runoff and storm water. 19% to miscellaneous pollution sources such as boat discharge. of those, 1,831 days were attributed to wildlife sources, and about a third were due to the gulf of mexico oil spill, and 8% were attributed to sewage spills and overflows. yuck. so, why is this important? well, illnesses associated with polluted beach water include conditions such as stomach flu, skin rashes, pinkeye, respiratory infections, meningitis and hepatitis and children are especially vulnerable. our coast provides more than just local recreation, approximately 85% of all u.s. tourism revenue is received in the coast states, so you can visit my facebook page, if this hasn't alarmed you enough. for a link where you can check out the status of your beach.
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a practice common in several countries in europe is gaining steam right here in the united states. the practice of selling alcohol in fast food restaurants. in a bid to boost business, two
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sonic restaurants in south florida will start selling beer and wine at the end of the summer. the move follows selected burger king locations that are selling booze as well as seattle-area starbucks where wine is sold. pronoponents say it can help bot typically slow evening business. so, here's the question, should fast food restaurants in the u.s. sell alcohol? oh, yeah, it's a big question. lisa bloom is an attorney and the author of "think straight talk for women to stay smart in a dumbed-down world." jennifer koppelman hutt, a sirius radio host. i want to ask you, first, jennifer, should fast food restaurants be selling beer and wine and alcohol? >> absolutely not. i think it's absurd, so now we're going to make it supereasy to be fat and drunk? come on! >> okay. i think she said it there. lisa, what do you think? >> look, alcohol is a legal
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product. it's sold in many casual dining facilities, as you say, randi. to me, there's a little bit of class snobbery in this. you can go somewhere and pay a little bit more money at a sit-down restaurant and order beer and wine, about the you can't do it at a fast food place? i just don't get this. >> this has nothing to do with a class of anything. if you're -- it's not like a fridays, it's a high-end restaurant, good in fun, but this is not a class issue. this is about alcohol being made so easy to get, like, it's not easy enough to get. we have enough issues. we don't need more drunk people driving. we don't need -- i know, some of them are going to do it inside the restaurants only and not at the drive-through, but you will still be drunk when you leave the restaurant which has quick food and service and you're back in your car and driving. parents take their kids and i'm a parent, you take your kid to a fast food restaurant which i don't do all that often, but shouldn't be that i can also then get a beer with my kids? i don't need to party while feeding my kids dinner.
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>> lisa, are you worried about the kids and the young people, do you think it sends the wrong message? >> no. do you know what, kids are at home where people are drinking alcohol. kids are at cafes and restaurants where people are drinking alcohol. i think this point is a prohibition argument, right, that alcohol is bad, we should get rid of alcohol. we tried that. we rejected prohibition, it just didn't work -- >> competition -- >> -- and going to some places and not other places. all the laws about being drunk in public and about being over 21. >> it's not about prohibition. it's the fact that it's at a fast food restaurant. >> jennifer? >> lisa, lisa, this isn't about prohibition. this is about picking and choosing environments where they should be alcohol and not be alcohol. should we have alcohol at the teachers' lounge at school? i don't think so, when there's tons of kids there doesn't have to also be tons of partying with substances, it's not necessary and if you're getting drunk all the time with your kids while you're supposed to be watching
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them, that's not a great idea either. >> hold on. lisa -- lisa, would you -- let me jump in. lisa, would you have a problem with a fast food location maybe if they were serving alcohol and maybe they were near a college? would you have a problem with that? >> no, do you know what, there are a lot of bars around colleges. look, here's my solution. don't take kids to fast food restaurants. it's not good for them anyway. i personally don't drink, but i don't tell people what to do with their lives. i don't think we can just assume that anytime somebody has a beer they're drunk and they're a public menace. that's an argument that went out with prohibition. >> agreed, not every single time, but encouraging alcohol consumption in fast food restaurants which already as you just agreed with me it's not great food for our kids or for any of us, it's just not going to make any situation better! i don't see the positive side of that really. >> jennifer, what about -- but what about the fact, jennifer, i mean, they are serving alcohol, but they're not serving, you know, tequila shots, they're talking about maybe grab a beer
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with your burger or a glass of wine with your burger? does that make it any more to tolerable? >> no, you're still getting drunk if you're drinking. what you're doing is you'll have one glass of wine, two glasses of wine, 37 glathree glasses of you're drunk! >> lisa, you get the final word here. >> i think we need to give people the benefit of the doubt, if alcohol is a legal product, which it is, let people drink. fully enforce the laws about public drunkenness, you have to be over 21 and can't serve people when they're drunk. have a great fourth of july weekend and you want to have a beer, i don't want to stop you. >> yes. just don't have it at burger king! >> jennifer, i said lisa had the last word there. you're not playing nicely. all right, thank you both. have a great weekend, and i questio guess don't go and get a fast food. you don't know what you'll find there. ahead, breaking, entering, apologizing? who said there's no honor among thiefs?
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time now for my "xyz" you're about to meet a very polite burglar. the new york "daily news" reporting on one of the most bizarre burglaries i've ever heard. a guy broke into a woman's home in new jersey, when the woman calmly asked him what he was doing in her house. the burglar said he was looking for a guy named greg.
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maria told him there wasn't anyone named greg that lived in the house. and that's when the bad guy said, he'd broken into the wrong house. he was one house away from the house he wanted to rob. instead of stealing something from maria, or roughing her up, he apologized, the burglar said he was sorry and he even offered to fix the screen door while breaking into her house. maria refused and asked the guy to live, which he did peacefully. imagine if all the bad guys were so contract, the world would be a better place. "cnn newsroom" continues with brooke baldwin. i agree. who would have thunk? have a wonderful fourth of july weekend. i'll catch you next week. i'm brooke baldwin, i want to begin the hour with what's been an astonishing turn of events in the rape case in new york against french political bigwig dominique strauss-khan. now, late this morning, strauss-khan appeared in court and heard prosecutors


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